EBD158 Living with An Excitable Dog with Beth Williams

When your personality doesn’t align with your dog’s in the ways you might expect, how do you communicate and connect?

BPA member, Beth Williams, welcomed her new dog, KZ into her life with open arms and an open heart. But after years of owning earth-type dogs (and being an earth-type herself), adapting to a dog with a fire-type personality was quite a change!

KZ’s excitable nature presented many new challenges for Beth and put a lot of initial strain on their relationship. Now, they have the heart and mind connection Beth always dreamed of. How did they do it? Find out in this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, as Kathy speaks to Beth about her incredible path to calming and connecting with her excitable dog.

In this episode:

  • How Beth’s dog-centered lifestyle created challenges for KZ
  • Why Beth needed to adjust her expectations for her new puppy
  • Why understanding your and your dog’s personalities can help you connect better
  • Beth’s new perspective on communicating with your dog

Read the blog post on this topic.


“I just had to let go. That’s not who he is. That’s not what he enjoys. Maybe at some point in his life, he may enjoy it, but he’s not now and trying to make him do that wasn’t helping our relationship.”

“Because he is so big and so young and the reputation that his breed has, there was a sense that I really needed to control him. I just needed to be able to get a handle on him and be able to control him more to keep everybody safe.”

“Staying connected was always my reframe versus preventing him from doing something I didn’t want him to do.”

“The thing it tends to come back to is staying connected.”


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One response to “EBD158 Living with An Excitable Dog with Beth Williams”

  1. Jadzia says:

    This was so wonderful and added a lot to what I already learned in my BP time. Thank you Beth, thank you Kathy!
    Hummel sure is fire with strong wood and me being fire with earth made the beginning of our time together verry temperamental. Like Beth I had to give up ideas of what I wanted to do with my dog and find the joy in doing what we can do. And yes, giving responsibility to your dog is the key to a good partnership. I take good ideas from this podcast into Hummels and my days.

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